I think this story has the potential to be the equal and opposite of the Densha Otoko phenomenon. Twelve years ago the image of okatu as dangerously obsessive recluses was ameliorated by the story of the nerd who came to the rescue of a woman who was being threatened by a drunk on a train. Japanese media leapt on the plotline and produced a novel, four separate manga, a film, a play and a TV series. Since then otaku have moved into the mainstream of Japanese culture. But in December 2015 Asahi Shimbun published an article about a Hokkaido railway's decision to postpone the closure of an isolated train station because one student continued to use it to get to school. The railway decided to maintain the station (Kami-Shirataki) until her graduation. Unfortunately the publicity attracted a horde of train nerds who insisted on getting the student to pose for the camera, and the upshot is she stopped using the train. This would make a very neat bookend for the otaku era. Tomorrow is the closing date for the station. Source. Source.
Look here for a set of photos of Greenock Central Station as it is today.
Falkirk visit Cappielow. The Bairns occupy third place in the Championship table with 47 points. Morton are sixth with 28. In their two previous meetings Falkirk took a win at home and played to a draw in Greenock. Falkirk are a very good team hoping to elbow their way into the Premiership ahead of Hibernian.
Morton for their part have more points now than they earned the whole season of 2013-14.
With a win Morton can move into fourth place, if Raith lose to Livingston or tie.
[But Falkirk win 0 - 1. And Raith win. St Mirren beat Dumbarton and move to within a point of Morton. Dumbarton cannot win the division.]
The SPFL or Burntisland Shipyard -- Which Is Greater? Burntisland Shipyard of the East of Scotland League have faced SPFL sides five times in the Scottish Cup:
January 25th, 1936. A 2 - 2 draw against Dumbarton.
February 1st, 1936. Dumbarton won 4 - 2.
January 21st, 1939. Celtic won 8 - 3. Shipyard scored three against Celtic!
December 17th, 1977. Berwick won 4 - 1.
October 27th, 2007. Albion Rovers won 8 - 0.
Shipyard also lost to Ross County in 1934 and Elgin City in 1972, but both of those clubs were still part of the Highland League at the time.
Conclusion: the SPFL is greater.
It's the 2015-16 Svenska Cupen. The first two rounds were played in the fall. Now we're at the group stage: eight groups of four teams. The winner of each group moves on. Let's follow Östersunds FK, who are in Group 1. Today they visit IFK Norrköping, the best team in Sweden. [Norrköping win 4 - 0.]
It's also the Japanese Fuji Xerox Super Cup: J League champions Gamba Osaka versus Emperor's Cup winners Sanfrecce Hiroshima, at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama. This is the official start of the football season in Japan. Attendance for this event runs at about 30,000 to 40,000. [Hiroshima win 3 - 1.]
Yoker versus Largs [postponed]
Mohun Bagan [1 - 0] SC Goa. [Mohun Bagan are undefeated after eight games and occupy first place in the Hero I-League.]
Detail from a diorama of Kita-Kamakura Station in the 1950s. Source.
If you're travelling by rail to Engaku-ji, take the Yokosuka Line and get off at the Kita-Kamakura station. It was opened in 1927 and has a mention in the second edition of Iso Mutsu's Kamakura Fact and Legend. She writes:
The path bearing to the right between the lotos-ponds leads up to the entrance of the temple enclosure; now, alas, sadly desecrated by the march of progress in the shape of the double line of railroad that is no respecter of sanctity, with its unlovely "ways of iron and webs of steel" so ruthlessly cuts through the grove of ancient cryptomeria, even encroaching upon the sacred lotos-ponds themselves. (p. 132)
And Kita-Kamakura Station is not much to look at, but it does have an access tunnel that cuts through the nearby cliffs and which was featured in the 2009 anime Aoi Hana:
For a whole sequence of running for the train at Kita-Kamakura Station reference shots see here.
This postcard published just before the First World War illustrates the tramway described in Bécassine Mobilisée. Bécassine's route, Gare des Chantiers - Porchefontaine, was one kilometre long. See here for more.